350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Solidarity is about the secretive methods used against UK activists and trade unionists. Blacklisted construction workers and activists spied on by the police share their ongoing struggles.
Blacklisting in the UK construction industry impacted thousands of workers who were labelled ‘troublemakers’ for speaking out and secretively denied employment. Activists uncovered alarming links between workplace blacklisting and undercover policing. Solidarity attentively follows meetings between activists and law students, brought together for the film, revealing the determination of a community working together to find a route to justice.
The debut feature-length film by artist-filmmaker Lucy Parker it has been made alongside and features members of Blacklist Support Group, core participants in Undercover Policing Inquiry, and members of other campaigning groups. The film’s World Premiere was at Sheffield Docs Fest in June 2019, and London Premiere at Open City Docs Festival. Solidary was made independently by City Projects and filmmaker Lucy Parker.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lucy Parker and guests.
Lucy Parker (b.Dorset UK, lives in London). She was the 2016 filmmaker in residence at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival. Her films have been screened or exhibited at festivals including AV Festival (2018), International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018), Toronto International Film Festival (2017) South Korean New Media Festival (2017). Lucy’s films are distributed by LUX Artists’ Moving Image, London.
City Projects has produced works with leading British artists since 2004 including Anja Kirschner & David Panos, whose film The Empty Plan (2010) on Bertolt Brecht lead to a Jarman Award and a Channel 4 Random Acts commission. City Projects lead producer Kate Parker also produced Piercing Brightness by Shezad Dawood (2013) a feature film distributed by Soda Pictures to UK cinema’s and produced on DVD. She has produced several films for Rosalind Nashashibi including Electrical Gaza (2015) which formed part of Rosalind’s Turner Prize exhibition in 2017.
Document Festival is Scotland’s international human rights documentary film festival, established in 2003. It provides a unique platform that attracts Scottish, British and international documentary filmmakers and promotes local and international discussion, cultural exchange and education. By screening the best of recent and historical human rights documentaries, Document is a crucial space for the visibility and consideration of documentary film as an art form and social practice. Recognised at home and abroad, they work with many local, national and international organisations and are members of the Human Rights Film Network.